Monday, June 30, 2008

Common Sense


'Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No-one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as
having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals
received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.'

Author Unknown

I notice.... that I have been using this two words "commom sense" quite a lot recently. This happens particularly at work. Telling others and reminding others to apply common sense in all things that they do. Since I become quite of a trainer in my department, I can't help but to have to use the "common sense" words when I teach the new programmers especially the slow ones. Does this mean that I am applying "common sense" in all things that I do? I am not proud of what I did. I too, sometimes succumb to human weakness of not applying "common sense" in some area of my life. And this leads to mistakes and possibly hurts someone else feelings. Why God gives us this "common sense" value in live that we often always neglect? Perhaps we shall always ask ourself, is "common sense" important or not? Then only we'll be able to draw the important values of having "common sense" and put it in our head, put it into good practice and it is not forgotten.

1 comment:

sting said...

sigh.. common sense is fast becoming uncommon ya..